In what seems like an unlikely scenario, a die-hard New York Jets fan was severely beaten by a pack of drunken Kansas City Chiefs fans on the home turf parking lot of Met Life Stadium after the Jets routed the visiting team on Sunday.
The whole incident began—reported the New York Post— after one of the Chiefs fans screamed "F--k you New York" then "You all deserved what happened on 9/11!" claims the victim's family.
James Mohr, 23, was set upon by up to seven of the goons as he walked through Parking Lot J of the Jets home stadium after the 37-10 victory.
The incident is being compared to the brutal beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium at an opening day game last March 31.
In that attack, Giants fan Brian Stowe suffered brain damage.
Mohr, a Bronx physical-education teacher was wearing Jets gear in the parking lot when a woman hanging out with a pack of men started screaming the tauts at him.
Any reference to 9/11 might have a deeper meaning to New York and New Jersey residents and this one did.
According to Mohr's sister Anna, her brother was offended by the nasty remarks and called them "disrespectful."
"Our brother is a fireman, and my father is retired FDNY, so you can understand why a 9/11 comment would especially irk him," she said. "He was shocked anyone would actually say something like that."
Mohr was jumped by the thugs as he was walking alone after leaving a group of his own friends. One of the cowardly muggers was wearing a Chiefs football jersey a police source reported.
The lifelong Gang Green fan suffered a fractured jaw, cheekbone and eye socket and also has bleeding on the brain due to the attack. Mohr underwent hours of surgery to repair his battered face.
"He's hanging in there and he's scheduled for surgery," said his sister. "We won't know too much until that's done."
New Jersey state troopers arrested one of the alleged attackers—who is, surprisingly, from New Jersey—and charged him with simple assault, but a police spokesperson said the investigation will continue.
The similarity between Sunday's attack at MetLife Stadium and the preseason fights at San Francisco's Candlestick Park during a 49er's/Raiders game are glaring. The NFL declared war on drunken fans after numerous people were pummeled inside and outside that stadium last summer.
Mohr's father Dan said attendants in the hospital ER where they took his son were not surprised by another beating.
"When we go to the hospital, the people in the ER said, 'Oh, not another one,' and told us this happens all the time," said the father.
A MetLife Stadium representative had this statement, "This is an unacceptable attack on one of our guests and we have been working with the New Jersey State Police to make sure the man arrested is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
The Jets fans have long had a reputation for rowdiness and brawling. Anyone who has been to a few Jets games over the years can attest to the fact that beefed-up stadium security has curbed the hell-raising.